Waterfront Assistant Director

JOB TITLE: Waterfront Assistant Director
DEPARTMENT: Recreation Therapy
REPORTS TO: Waterfront Director and Logistics Coordinator

Description of Position

Assist the Waterfront Director in organizing, leading, and supervising a program of instructional and recreational waterfront activities designed to meet each participant’s needs. Live in the cabins with campers and assist them with personal care and physical care as needed. Develop and implement activity plans for each activity including, but not limited to, swimming at pool and lake, fishing, pontoon boating, and canoeing. Provide supervision, training, instruction, and evaluation to the Cabin Counselor/Lifeguards. Assume the role of Waterfront Director in Director’s absence, or otherwise as assigned. Conduct and document pre and post inventories of all waterfront equipment. Conduct on-going equipment checks to insure optimal safety of staff and participants. Report any equipment repairs or needs to the Logistics Coordinators. Follow all policies and procedures regarding the use of elements and equipment as developed by Bradford Woods. Live in cabins for duration of summer and assist campers with whatever level of personal care deemed necessary.

All staff must be 18 years of age by the first day of camp.

Essential Functions

  • Physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities to pass lifeguard certification class as mentioned in section entitled: "Knowledge and Skills Required".
  • Ability and desire to work with individuals with disabilities in an outdoor setting where "campers come first".
  • Ability and desire to work with persons of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds in a dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others.
  • Ability and desire to plan and lead aquatic activities for campers of varying ages and ability levels.
  • Ability to assess and adapt activities for campers at all ability levels.
  • Ability and desire to perform, and teach, all aspects of personal care. This includes, but is not limited to, transferring, showering, dressing, feeding, and other activities of daily living.
  • Previous experience, knowledge, and/or interest in leading programs for a variety of populations.
  • Ability and desire to assume leadership and provide direct guidance and supervision to seasonal employees.
  • Willingness to learn, understand, and model the mission, vision, and values of Bradford Woods.
  • Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to interact with and work as a team player with other staff, participants, volunteers, and participant’s families/care-givers.
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model to program participants.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, which can be both physically and emotionally demanding.
  • Ability to learn and grow in the position by accepting constructive feedback from parents and supervisors.
  • Ability to complete accurate documentation forms on participants as required on a regular basis.
  • Ability to assume responsibility for the order, cleanliness, and safety of cabins, program areas, and Bradford Woods grounds.
  • Ability to perform additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • College experience in the Human Service and/or Recreation field preferred but not required.
  • Must have at least one of the following qualifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training or Advanced Lifesaving, YMCA Lifeguard, Lifeguard BSA, or equivalent. Must include Waterfront Module training (Included in training at camp).
  • Must be willing to obtain proper licensure to drive University vehicles.
  • Must be willing to provide Bradford Woods with current license(s) and driving record when applicable.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • CPR and First Aid.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Flexibility.
  • Patience.

Cognitive Requirements

  • Ability to assess needs of participants and staff.
  • Ability to solve problems in a fast paced, dynamic setting.
  • Ability to make judgment decisions in a setting where variables can change quickly, and often without notice (such as weather conditions).
  • Ability to easily, effectively, and proficiently communicate needs, feedback, and questions.
  • Ability to understand and remember considerable amounts of information relative to teaching and facilitating in the fields of environmental and challenge education.
  • Ability to demonstrate responsibility, maturity, and self accountability (i.e. professionalism).
  • Ability to follow directions.

Physical Requirements

  • This is a physically active position requiring mobility.
  • Lifting and pushing as needed (i.e. transfers, equipment).
  • Stamina to endure long hours in a position that is both physically and emotionally demanding. Again, nights will be part of the duties and responsibilities due to our residential capacity.
  • Ability to make judgment decisions in a setting where variables can change quickly, and often without notice (such as weather conditions).
  • Ability to easily, effectively, and proficiently communicate needs, feedback, and questions throughout the program.
  • Because all positions involve assisting with personal care, fluency and proficiency of the English language is essential – both written as well as oral.
  • Ability to provide a safe, fun environment for all.


  • Attend mandatory CHIPS and All Staff training sessions prior to, and/or during camp including Waterfront Module training.
  • Acquire CPR and First Aid certification before camp.

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